TERRY FENWICK refused to swap shirts with Diego Maradona – and it cost him £7.14million.
The Argentine legend offered Fenwick his famous number 10, which marked him in the epic quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup.
England’s tenacious defender was far too emotional to take after the 2-1 defeat.
Now, 36 years later, Fenwick, a top connoisseur in the Caribbean, has seen the same shirt fetch a record-breaking price at auction.
While former Spurs and QPR star turned his back on Maradona, Steve Hodge did everything he could to bag the jersey.
Fenwick’s admission is first told in a new book released this week, The Story of the £7million Shirt.
Maradona outperformed him and the England defense that day at the Azteca Stadium to score the ‘Goal of the Century’ – just four minutes after putting the ball in the net.
Fenwick, who won 20 caps, admitted the ‘Hand of God’ goal made him ‘bitter and twisted’ – and now he has even more reason to regret refusing the shirt swap.
He said: “I was obviously very emotional about ‘The Hand of God’ at the time. There was about five minutes between an obvious hand ball – and the goal that everyone is now hailing as the best ever at a World Cup.
“We were in shock. Look at the TV footage of the second goal, we were everywhere – the team structure and formation just didn’t exist. We were still swaying.
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“Maradona approached me after the game to swap shirts but I was in pieces, so upset and demoralized. We were eliminated from the World Cup because of a handball.
“I was the only one who chased the referee back to the halfway line to deny the goal.
“But then I turned away sharply when the referee reached into his pocket because I thought a red card might come.”
As for the sale of the shirt, Fenwick, 62, admitted he was very surprised.
He said: “Hodgie said repeatedly he would not sell. It was the most controversial moment in football history.
“I would have liked to have benefited from it – but I put country and football before personal gain.”
Fenwick, who had picked up an early booking, rattled Maradona four times, forcing him off. But after five minutes of treatment, it came back and was right in Fenwick’s ear.
The Geordie said: “I didn’t say two words to him but he chatted me up from start to finish.”
The Story of the £7m Shirt… and Other Amazing Football Memorabilia, in association with Graham Budd Auctions, by Harry Harris, is published by Empire priced at £9.50 and is available at @amazon.co.uk
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5487168/diego-maradona-shirt-hand-of-god/ Broken, I refused to swap shirts with Diego Maradona after the Hand of God goal – and it cost me £7million